N 50° 43.326 W 115° 10.834
BCP554 - Kent Ridge
When the summer began I had never ventured up Kent Ridge or the nearby James Walker Creek Trails. Well that all changed rather quickly with four trips in the last 2 1/2 months and this morning's early riser with Takin' It Easy.
We planned our trip after reviewing trip logs for the area on the usual hiking and scrambling websites, before deciding on an approach up the first drainage SE of Blackshale Creek.
So this morning we parked at the coordinates we had come up with and enjoyed a pre-dawn hike through the forest to Kent Ridge. The forest was largely fairly open, but we encountered some dead fall and perhaps avalanche debris. After a kilometre or so we came upon a game trail that led us up past a prominent knob to Kent Ridge.
Kent Ridge has seen a fair bit of snow in the last few days and we were fortunate to have chosen a route where there was only a thin layer of the white stuff. Gaining the ridge presented no difficulty, other than the 700 metres + of elevation and the just under ten kilometre round trip hike that Takin' It Easy mentioned in his log.
Once at GZ we needed to do a little cap hunting as has become the tradition when Takin' It Easy and I look for a cap in the mountains as the white stuff almost always covers the target. Well today was no different as we scoured the hillside before making the find. Whew, what a relief to find the familiar shape of an Alberta Survey Marker.
We snapped numerous pictures of this amazing area, built a sturdy cairn (it really adds to the atmosphere at the cap site), had a quick snack and headed back to warmer temperatures on the ridge below.
Thanks OFTH for setting up this fine cap location and to Takin' It Easy for the terrific company and stories along the trail - definitely a superior cap location!